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31 December 2008 @ 11:08 pm
One thing I like about where I live is that it's usually secure.  The thing I hate about it is several of the neighbors, especially because of all of the places that sell alcohol within a six block radius.

I don't have anything against people earning a paycheck through the selling of potent potables, but I do have something against people who are drinking themselves into alcohol poisoning, especially if they are going to drag me into their drunken "celebrations" (I don't drink alcohol, and I can't stand being around those who are barely able to stand on their own.)

I have a policy of not touching or being touched by someone who's too inebriated to recall what's going on around him/her.   If I can tell what brewery/distillery the drink's are from without looking at the labels, the more I want to be away from them.  It's worse when the people are neighbors.

Gotta get some sleep.  Hope the parties will quiet down.

Current Mood: irritatedirritated
Current Music: Happy New Year by ABBA
31 December 2008 @ 12:21 am

I found this video after hearing the song on the radio (it's much easier to listen repeatedly to a song this way than to try requesting it due to a 24 hour do-not-repeat policy [not that I mind the policy since it gives more chances for lesser-known/played songs to be played. :)]

What does that have to do with my mother, you ask?

Well, quite a few of the actors/actresses were current when she was growing up/a young lady, and she introduced me to several of them.  I can still recall the two of us listening to old time radio shows on the same dinky little radio in her bedroom, her face lighting up or her "chit-chat" getting a bit more fluid talking about "this actor/actress" or "that movie/radio/tv show".  So, I decided to try to match the faces of the stars with their names.

If it was an exam, I'd have flunked.  The only ones I could swear to on a stack of all of the holy texts in the world would be Audrey Hepburn, Bela Lugosi, Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin, Cary Grant, Fred Astaire,  Charlton Heston, Sir Alfred Hitchcock, Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne, Orson Welles, Rudolf Valentino, Spencer Tracy, Gene Kelly, Vincent Price, Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, King Kong, the Marx Brothers (Groucho, Chico and Harpo), Janet Leigh and Laurel & Hardy.

There are (and I counted as I listed the photos) 86 photos of the different stars/directors.  I guessed on several (Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and Jr., Rita Hayworth, Clark Gable, Henry Fonda, Danny Kaye, Walt Disney, Leslie Howard, Jayne Mansfield, Bette Davis, Mary Pickford, Lauren Bacall, Roy Rogers, Anthony Quinn and Frank Gorshin.)

To make matters worse, several of the photos had more than one person in it, so it made it that much worse.  I'm so embarrassed.

Current Mood: embarrassedembarrassed
Current Music: A Rock and Roll Fantasy by the Kinks
17 December 2008 @ 02:43 pm

May she be found safe.
If not safe, then alive.
If not alive, then just found.

So Mote It Be.
Current Mood: coldcold
Current Music: repairs
08 December 2008 @ 10:11 am
Ah, the misery that I call my life is backing up a bit (homework-wise) but more stuff is flowing in to take its place.

Another couple of "evacuate-the-building" fire alarms within a week of each other from the same neighbor (I'm letting the main person in charge of the complex know the b@st@rd is a danger to himself and to others) and I met a neighbor whom I am helping with several things (including getting a phone and her medications right now.)  On top of that, we (meaning the general vicinity of where I live) is under a severe winter storm watch/warning (I need that like a couple more holes in the head.)

And I thought I had difficulties. . . .
Current Mood: draineddrained
Current Music: Living With a Hernia by Weird Al Yankovic
14 September 2008 @ 06:07 pm
I wish I could shake this d@mn cold (it's interfering with my classes, especially the Ojibwe language class.)  I'm also trying to get some more gaming in this weekend (within reason, though.)  Wren, Sabin, Gau, Cyan, Shadow and several others are "calling" me (poor Wren wants to forget the "glomp"er after he turned his Nai Cannon on her and was ready to shoot [poor battle weary lad *pets*].)

I heard from my Muslim friend a bit, but not much (just on the interfaith discussion board, not a "drive-by meow".)  I also heard from a few of my online friends who were in the paths of the hurricanes in Texas (one couldn't leave due to her job [she's a maternity nurse] so she posted her "drive-by meow" on the other board I belong to.)

I'm also dealing with getting materials for my presentation later this semester on klezmer music andt he Yiddish vaudeville/"Borscht Belt" circuit (ah, Fyvush Finkle and Red Buttons along with Jack Benny and the Marx Brothers...)  I can't wait to hear the response to the presentation. *evilgrin*

Alas, gotta go.  I can't think/post with another fooking coughing spell coming on.
Current Mood: sicksick
Current Music: Miracles (long version) - Jefferson Starship/ Vincent - Don McLean
23 August 2008 @ 07:01 pm
A week from next Tuesday classes officially start, but I start my volunteer job next Friday (I love reading, but some of the topics are rather depressing [like a textbook for Juvenile Justice that dealt with gangs] while others are frustrating [the fooking hard sciences with all of the fooking formulae].)

At least I'm having it easier than my online friend from Egypt and another online friend from Canada (the first one is dealing with a very messy divorce while the second one wants to resign from her current job [already gave her two-week notice in writing], but her human bosses want her to stay until the end of  September.)  The second friend asked me for advice, but all I could do was connect her to a website of Canadian corporate law firms.

On top of that, one of the more prolific posters on another forum has vanished without a trace from the forum (Where are you, flowperson!?)

I need more legitimate connections for my information "matchmaking" network.
Current Mood: worriedworried
Current Music: Boogie Wonderland by Earth, Wind and Fire w/ the Emotions
31 July 2008 @ 12:22 am
*sigh* Another class I really wanted to take has been canceled due to low enrollment.  Am I a curse upon the more esoteric subjects?

I guess it isn't too bad, though because I still have two classes (I hope.)  I just have to remember to bring the edible bribes twice a week to share with both my Russian Studies professor and my gaming group (better stock up on experiments and tried-and-true recipes.)
Current Mood: depresseddepressed